In Memory of Mary E. Lawrence

Mary Edna York Lawrence, of Seven Lakes, passed away peacefully at FirstHealth Hospice House, in Pinehurst, on Friday, Aug. 18, 2023, just shy of her 90th birthday. Born on Sept. 1, 1933, Mary Edna was the daughter of the late Paul Glenn York and Mildred Jarrell York. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Fred Lawrence; brother, Glenn York; and sister, Nancy Appen.

Mary Edna was known for her kind spirit and gave her family and friends unconditional love. She enjoyed spoiling the family, making alphabet pancakes, working crosswords, feeding the squirrels, eating pork and a rip roaring fire. She graciously left her family this obituary instruction that read “No comments by family because it’s too hard on them, and if people do not know me by now words will not impress anyone. No sad songs.”

Mary Edna is survived by her son, Joel Lawrence and wife, Carolyn, of Seven Lakes, Pat Harrison and husband, Larry, of Carthage; brother-in-law, Joe Lawrence and wife, Betty, of Sanford; grandchildren, Sarah Franklin and husband, Jason, Carrie Barber and husband, Lance, Preston Stackhouse and wife, Lora, Tabitha Jones, Joanna Baumgart, Paige Harris and husband, Matt.  Her life was further enriched by her great-grandchildren, Jackson, Raylan, Wade, Warren, Elijah, Max, Trey, Nathan, Lilly, Henry, Sam and Clark; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life was held on Sunday, Aug. 27, at 3 p.m., at Seven Lakes Cemetery, in Seven Lakes. Funeral services were entrusted to Boles Funeral Home.  

The family would like to acknowledge her special friend Monique Phillips, as her trusted confidant and caregiver and the outstanding care and support provided by FirstHealth Hospice. Memorials may be given to FirstHealth Hospice and Palliative Care, 150 Applecross Road, Pinehurst, NC 28374.

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Services have been entrusted to Boles Funeral Home.